Corbyn: Labour Will Block Theresa May’s ‘Sweetheart’ Deal With Trump
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has told the Huffington Post that he is determined to block Theresa May’s so-called ‘sweetheart deal’ for trade between the USA and Britain post-Brexit after the Prime Minister failed to confirm Donald Trump strongly enough for his comments following the Charlottesville protests.
In stark contrast to May’s muted reaction, Corbyn challenged Trump to call out the racism of America’s burgeoning neo-Nazi movement and tell his country: ‘We are one nation’.
The Labour leader said he was ‘appalled’ by Trump’s reluctance to criticise far-right protesters in Charlottesville who were chanting, among other things, Hitler’s ‘blood and soil’ slogan.
Labour would oppose any TTIP-like deal that threatened to flood Britain with ‘cheap food’, he said, before voicing his hope the UK post-Brexit will become a pro-green, pro-human rights ‘force for good in the world’. Corbyn said:
‘The response to Charlottesville was significant. We had a white supremacist group there with KKK symbols and Nazi symbols as if all the civil rights movement, as if everything that Martin Luther King stood for, suddenly didn’t count for anything.
‘You cannot accept that in any shape or form and it is surely up to the president to say: we are one nation. I was appalled.’
The Charlottesville rally earlier this month shocked the world. It saw far-right protesters wave Ku Klux Klan flags in the street and quickly descended into violence. Corbyn went on:
‘The rise of the KKK and Nazis has to be challenged wherever it is in the world and I’m alarmed that [Trump] is threatening to go ahead with building the wall against Mexico, which is a very odd way of conducting a relationship with one of your neighbours.
‘Now I don’t want to get involved in every aspect of what is happening in US politics internally but what I do say is that we want a trade relationship with the rest of the world that is fair and just.
‘We don’t want a sweetheart deal with Donald Trump that is going to look a lot like TTIP.’
When the Prime Minister was asked about Trump’s response, she drew criticism for her reserved response.
She told reporters at an event in Plymouth:
‘I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them. I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far-right views wherever we hear them.’
Corbyn said post-Brexit that he wanted the UK “to be a force for good in the world” and said he would not be afraid to “pick up the phone to Donald Trump” and criticise his decisions. He said:
‘I want a foreign policy that is supportive of human rights and democracy around the world, that does challenge the USA when it wants to withdraw from the Paris climate change accord, that challenges Saudi Arabia on its bombing campaign in Yemen, and that is a force to support international law and the good that goes with it’.
Westmonster Dave is the News Editor of Kipper Central.